Preview: Kuroko's Basketball Figure Series - Kuroko's Basketball: Seijuro Akashi 1/8 Complete Figure by MegaHouse

HI~ AmiAmi Otome here with the second part of a back to back Kuroko's Basketball review! This time we are hitting the court with Seijuro Akashi.

Swoon! Erm, I mean Swoosh!( ;∀; )

He's on the small side for a basketball player, but on the bright side that means adorably small and sharp facial features!

Those small features look larger than life thanks to an exceptional sculpt and super stunning eye print! They somehow look better the closer you get!

The paint job is a real slam dunk too, especially the hair tones and the buttons on his jacket.

Akashi-saaamaaaaa! His uniform alone has more charisma than most people. Leave it to MegaHouse to even have one of the sleeves twisted in mid air! (*゚∀゚)=3

If you prefer him on the court you can also take the jacket off♪

。o○(So this is what they mean by "strapping young lad!")

"My orders are absolute".

Absolutely adorable, that is! The more resolute and ambitious a guy is the more boyish he becomes! Don't miss your chance to match him up with the rest of the Generation of Miracles!!

Kuroko's Basketball Figure Series - Kuroko's Basketball: Seijuro Akashi 1/8 Complete Figure [MegaHouse]

*Photos are of a prototype and the actual product may differ.

News Roundup for March 27th, 2015

Highschool PI

Tokyo Ghoul Jack anime

The anime Tokyo Ghoul √A may over but there's still plenty of story left to tell, even if it means digging up the past. The spin-off prequel manga Tokyo Ghoul: Jack details how Kisho Arima and Taishi Furu met during high school and now it's receiving an OVA adaptation. Try to keep your hunger under control until it comes out later this year.

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Sing With Glee

TV anime High School Star Musical invites you to find your inner sparkle at showbiz school Ayana Academy. Our protagonists got the moves, they got the PMA, but they've also got competition! See if these bumbling underdogs can follow their dreams to the top of the charts when the show starts this fall.

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Oh Baby

Lady Baby idol unit

Costume maker Clearstone brings together foreign personality Lady Beard and web idols to form Lady Baby, a PR idol unit that overcomes nationality, age and gender norms! They may not have any songs but that doesn't stop them from being my current favorite group. Check out their homepage to see a clip of the gang doing the things that Japanese schoolgirls do. (Spoiler: Being kawaii!!!)

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Sakura Watch 2015: Day 1

Spring is here and so are the cherry blossoms! But they won't be here for long which is why we'll be capturing their beauty on camera during our daily commute. Look forward to the city in full bloom when we update on Monday! 

Bug Eyes

While the atmosphere of Mars may have a history of making your eyes pop, in this case the mutation is a side effect of the Petit Chara chibi-ization process. These specimens are perfectly healthy, I assure you.

Petit Chara! Series - Terra Formars 6Pack BOX [MegaHouse]
6 Packs/Box
1 Pre-painted Complete Figure with Base/Pack
Size: Approx. 55mm (including base)

Master of Ceremonies

The Testament of Sister New Devil announced that it will be back for a second season with this armpit-lickin' good teaser. Look forward to more creative censorship come October.

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The Wonder Years

Mujaki no Rakuen anime

Ever wish you could go back and redo your school days knowing what you do as an adult? That's what happens in the manga Mujaki no Rakuen (Paradise of Innocence) when a plot device puts the mind of a 25-year old NEET back in the body of his 10-year old self. Have your tissues at the ready when this emotional tear jerker gets an OVA to be bundled with volume six of the manga on August 29.

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Inpatient Calls Welcome

Triage X Yuka Sagiri figure Orchid Seed

Get onboard the Triage X hype train before the show arrives at the station this April with this figure of brilliant surgeon Yuka Sagiri. I hope you have the steady hands of a doctor to carefully remove the cast-off enabled top.

Triage X - Yuka Sagiri 1/7 Complete Figure [OrchidSeed]
Pre-painted Complete PVC Figure
Scale: 1/7
Size: Height approx. 275mm

Preview: Kuroko's Basketball Figure Series - Kuroko's Basketball: Kazunari Takao 1/8 Complete Figure by MegaHouse

Hey~ It's time for another AmiAmi Otome review! Today's figure is the cool, calm and collected (well, on the court anyhow!) Kazunari Takao of Kuroko's Basketball fame. Spoiler: His smile is to die for☆

Kuroko's Basketball Figure Series - Kuroko's Basketball: Kazunari Takao 1/8 Complete Figure [MegaHouse]

As you can see he comes with his game face on☆

You can feel the tension of the match in the sculpt of his muscles and the speed of his movements in the hair and uniform. Looking good, looking good (*゚∀゚)=3

Buuuuut since this is Takao-kun we're talking about he's as aloof as he is determined to win. For a first year student he's got the confidence of a seasoned pro!

But actually his expression changes from every angle! The high angle of his left side is my personal favorite but they all look great. Spin him all around finding the best display angle for you♪

Let's take a closer look at the sculpt. There's an amazing amount of information here that lets us feel exactly where he's dribbling to! Take a moment to study the strain in his right arm, his calves and the folds in his uniform and see if you can't imagine his next 5 steps. It's easy, right? ☆

Talk about presence! He looks even more ripped in this night game lighting! Biceps, triceps, Adam's apple...? Call me crazy but I think that's his manliest part! (@_@;)

Whichever part you like best, be sure to pair him up with his teammates on your shelf (I hope we get more releases coming out soon!!!)♪


Speaking of which... Check back tomorrow for another Kuroko's Basketball review from yours truly♪

Kuroko's Basketball Figure Series - Kuroko's Basketball: Kazunari Takao 1/8 Complete Figure [MegaHouse]

*Photos are of a prototype and the actual product may differ.

News Roundup for March 26th, 2015

Midnight Fever♪

The Midnight Channel has done what Japanese TV stations fear most--put content online for free! Urban legends are abuzz about a certain Midnight Website that sucks viewers into the other side, never to return. Of course the Investigation Team is on the case, ready to stomp out the Shadows on their home turf in, uh, a dance battle? Everyone gets funky in Persona 4: Dancing All Night Long, the spin-off title for PS Vita. Enjoy this new package art while we await more details. 

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The Sucked into a Killer Video Game Blues

The Japanese Interweb's favorite doujin game come B movie just got a software patch. Ao Oni Ver. 2.0 bursts into theaters on July 4th, almost exactly one year after the first terrifying(ly ridiculous) film baffled us with its titular monster and abnormally decent CG. Watch the first trailer on the official homepage at your own risk--if the upgraded blueberry giant's teeth don't kill you the LULZ will.

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1, 2, SNAF U

Nothing tests your courage quite like a beautiful girl in latex looking your way. What's it gonna be, boy? What's it gonna be?

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU - Yui Yuigahama 1/7 Complete Figure [MAX Factory]
Pre-painted Complete Figure
Scale: 1/7
Size: Approx. H230mm
Material: ABS & Non-phthalate PVC

The Tears Flow Because of the Tarrying

Some stories are timeless for their characters, others for their message. Sakura no Uta: Sakura no Mori no Ue o Mau for never being released. Until now! After 11 years in development limbo MAKURA's fabled visual novel finally has a trailer and a release date! If good things come to those who wait then get ready for a masterpiece this July 24th.

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There's No Stealing Ikazuchi's Thunder

The KanColle anime may be over the battle to collect KanMusu rages on. In a sea of Ikazuchi figures Kotobukiya's latest offering is sure to make plenty of admirals out there stand at attention.

Kantai Collection -Kan Colle- Ikazuchi -Anime ver.- 1/8 Complete Figure [Kotobukiya]
Pre-painted Complete PVC Figure
Scale: 1/8
Size: Approx. H120mm

Preview: Sword Art Online - Silica ALO Ver. 1/8 Complete Figure by FunnyKnights

-----Based on our Japanese blog-----

Meshi here, ready to deliver another heaping helping of figure previews! Today we've got a grand performance from Sword Art Online's unofficial idol Silica and her feathered little dragon! Let's dig in!

Sword Art Online - Silica ALO Ver. 1/8 Complete Figure [FunnyKnights]

This duo is uber dynamic as they take to the skies!

Silica's ALO Cait Sith avatar has the power of flight and a maxed out Adorability skill slot. She also ranks 710/1000 in One Handed Dagger so don't get too close to her black and gold ultimate territory!

This armor resists the male gaze as well as it it does physical attacks so we can only guess what it's protecting under there. Guess I should have spent more time leveling up my Reveal stats and less oggling all the cuties in Starting City

Wings play a big part in the story and the clear parts used in Silica's really capture ALfheim Online's fairytale setting. Look closely and you'll also see her tail sticking out from under her skirt. Pull at your own risk!

Back lighting brings out an array of textures from the metal of her gear to her soft hair and thighs and Pina's rough plumage.

The cyclone base doesn't just look super cool--it adds color balance to the figure and helps keep her wings from making her appear lopsided.  

Pina looks so realistic you can almost smell the bubble breath. Real for a non-existent creature, anyhow!

When you consider that none of this stuff exists it's incredible how everything's been sculpted into being with such precision! If only Actual Reality were as cool as Virtual Reality! (It's only a matter of time...!)

Until then, at least we have figures like this to keep up going until the real world catches up!

Sword Art Online - Silica ALO Ver. 1/8 Complete Figure [FunnyKnights]

(C)2014 川原 礫/KADOKAWA アスキー・メディアワークス刊/SAOII Project
*Photos are of a prototype and the actual product may differ.